Pertussis (whooping cough) outbreak in England and Wales appears to be spreading

Health authorities have reported a total of 2,466 cases of whooping cough so far in 2012. Of these, 675 cases were reported in the month of June. Many of the cases have occurred in infants under 3 months of age. Five infants have died from this disease.

Travellers are reminded that outbreaks of highly contagious pertussis (whooping cough) can occur anywhere in the world at any time. Travellers can reduce their risk of exposure to this disease by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations, including pertussis, are up-to-date prior to travelling.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Whooping Cough.

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